Sunday, August 16, 2015

{My Parties} Army Party

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I want YOU at my ARMY party!
I'm so happy to finally be sharing this party!
It debuted on the Birthday Express blog a few months ago, if you missed it. 
When I saw this new Army party collection, I loved the idea of there being a patriotic twist on the typical army color palette of just camouflage colors. 
So, when I was getting inspired for this party, I wanted to give it a vintage vibe. See, I love the 1940s and I thought that would be the perfect way to bring the two ideas together!

My inspiration point was these awesome poster reproductions from WWII. I picked them up at my local Army surplus store. Then, I ordered the Uncle Sam one from Zazzle and had them customize it to say "I want YOU at my birthday party!"
I used a burlap tablecloth and added this super fun fabric garland from LillyPaul Designs to the front of the table. 
On the tops of the posters, I draped this fabric bunting from Sweet Georgia Sweet, to add softness. 
I also used the bunting around this big wooden box that I used as a riser, to bring in extra color. I picked up these awesome military patches at the Army Surplus store too. I love what they added to the table design!

I got these star plates at the dollar store and added some cute treats to each, including cupcakes with toppers by Edible Details and cookies from Creating Awesomenessity. 

For the cake, I simply used two frozen coconut cakes and stacked them on top of each other for height. Then, I added some icing and some red and blue candies around the sides to dress it up. I topped it all with some paper straws and a sticker from the army party collection. 

I love these donut towers by Sparkling Sweets Boutique. 
I love the patriotic colors with the paper straws!

For the favors, I used the cute plastic canteens and dressed them up with some army duct tape and more stickers. 
I added plastic dog tags and patriotic duct tape the to drinks, which happen to be sports drinks. 

I also used these cute favor boxes that are designed to look like First Aid Kits. In them, there were tons of cute stuff for kids like a compass, a flashing red light, dog tags, and even binoculars. 

I hope you loved this fun patriotic Army Party! I know your little soldier will love it too!


Party supplies: Birthday Express
Fabric Triangle Bunting: Sweet Georgia Sweet
Fabric Banner: LillyPaul Designs
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details

Monday, August 10, 2015

Disney Princess Party on a Budget with American Greetings

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As a child of the 80s and 90s, Disney Princesses will always be close to my heart. I'm not bragging, but I know every word to every Disney Princess theme. So, when I got the opportunity to style this Disney princess party, I jumped on it! I'm a boy mom, so I love the chance to style a girly party every once in a while! There is not nearly enough pink in my house!
I started by picking up some American Greetings Disney Princess party supplies at Wal-Mart. Disney Princesses must be a very popular theme! You could tell it was a good seller!  
So, today I am going to show you how to throw your own Disney Princess party on a budget!

I picked up the room transformation kit and I used it as the inspiration for my backdrop. These three stained glass windows with Belle, Rapunzel, and Cinderella themes made the perfect backdrop for my party. To make them look like they were in a princess castle, I painted up this stone pattern really quickly on some white butcher paper. I used chalk paint and acrylic paint and free-handed the design. 
On each side, I put some perfectly Aurora-pink sateen that I picked up at the fabric store, to make it look like curtains surrounding the castle walls. 
I used two of the plastic tablecloths, layered on top of each other to make them reach the floor. I love this pretty pink design and the bottom is scalloped, which gives it an extra cute detail!

On the front of the table, I used some of the princess hearts from the room transformation kit, punched holes in them, and then threaded them with clear lacing to make a pretty banner for the front of the table. I don't know about you, but Cinderella and Belle are my favorite. 

I also added these cute little DIY magic wand starbursts using some of the pink and purple wands. I added them, along with some bracelet favors onto a cardboard circle that I painted pink. I hot glued them down to make them secure. 

For our sweets selection, I chose each item to coincide with one of the princesses. 

Rapunzels Braids (yellow Twizzlers)

Cinderella's Pumpkins (Mellowcreme Pumpkins)

 The Grey Stuff from the "Be Our Guest" song. "Try the Grey Stuff, it's delicious!" 
(Oreo pudding mixed with Cool Whip). 
This is so delicious and so easy! I seriously had to make my husband his own batch!

Snow White's Apples (non-poisonous!) 
I used these little wands as the stick and then dipped the miniature apples into some pink melting chocolate. 

Aurora's Cupcakes (strawberry cupcakes). 
I used these little "princess diaries" from the favor packets as cupcake toppers. 

And, of course the princess cake! I made this cute little pink cake at home and then added pink sugar and purple sprinkles. To dress it up, I added a tiara and a cute candelabra topper!

I adore these plates. How pretty are they? Every little girl will love them!

There is a dinner and a dessert version, with different princesses on each.  

 I think any little girl would love this party! 
I know I do! 

I hope this gives you some fun ideas on how to throw your own Disney Princess party!
Do you have any cute ideas for a Disney princess party? Leave me a comment!